Dar el Mudal
What We Love
- An elegant riad filled with art and charm, with the bustling Medina at its doorstep Good old-fashioned hospitality from owner, Gloria, and her artist husband Norman
- Beautifully outfitted rooms filled with collectibles and antiques
- In-the-know advice on where to eat, shop and explore
What To Know
- The 5-bedroom house hotel is run by host and owner Gloria and is decorated with paintings by her late-husband
- Guestrooms have AC and free WiFi; all hold a max of two guests
- Looking to relax? Hit the roof terrace
Hidden away among the cluttered backstreets of Marrakech, the high, whitewashed walls of the riads conceal an opulent courtyard where the sounds of the city drop away. Dar el Mudal is an intimate guest house with just four bedrooms, lovingly created and run by owner Gloria and her British-Indian artist husband, whose inimitable style is splashed across the walls. Family art adorns the rooms, outfitted in sumptuous furniture and antiques. The pièce de résistance is the central courtyard, where soaring walls notched with intricate filigree meet arched doorways and wide balconies from which to take in the views.
This is a welcome respite from the cacophony of sound that accompanies Marrakech’s day-to-day life. In a quiet residential area in the south of the old city, Dar el Mudal is ideally placed for exploring – it’s just 10 minutes from Djemaa el-Fnaa and its heaving markets. Set out on foot, and you’ll find yourself winding through the city’s switchback streets, past donkeys pulling carts laden with leather bags, stallholders hawking towering piles of spices and street-food stalls steaming with tantalizing flavors.
Nearby, you’ll find plenty of history, culture and traditional life to discover. The Medina is the city’s beating heart, where palaces sit alongside bakeries and humble market stalls. Explore the rich concentration of impressive buildings around the guesthouse, such as the 16th-century Badi Palace and the Bahia Palace, built in the 19th century and intended to be the best in the world. Gloria’s knowledge of Marrakech will help you on your quest to uncover the most authentic restaurants, bars and shopping that the city has to offer.
How to Get There
This Riad is owned by Elderly East Indian lady, who loved her house passionatly..sometimes forget that she has rented a place to someone and got money for that..this place will be suitable for someone over the age of 75 years where you have ristrctions on everything, you might be stooped and minded like a little kid immedately if youleave a light turnned on behind you, if you out your purse on the couches, leave the door closed, etc etc....it was very funny expeience..I am a frequent traveller generally say in 4.5 star or 5 star hotels first time in Morocco read few idiotic reviews and got excited with the ratings and got in ...but felt like 6 year old kid being minded every minute by strict parents....only 2 servents there and one of them quit when we were there...what a mess one poor little girl "Khadiza" has to clean up, prepare breakfast, manage all the guest and rooms....list goes on and on...ohhhh, please don't be fooled by the "Mint Tea experience" in the previous comments by others ask the prices & cover charges before you go in the rooms, ask all the rooms and read between lines...When we went to Fes...what a wonderful experience we had and we regretted that we stayed here...also a piece of advice the new town is just walking distance loaded with modren beautiful hotels, takes 10 min walk to any medina or any place you want to be in...
Owner of this raid is a warm lady. The workers in the place is helpful and considerate. We feels very comfortable and relaxed when staying there. The decorations of interior is superb. It is highly recommended for all travellers.
We stayed at Gloria's with another couple a few weeks ago. When we first entered Gloria's home and met Gloria, I knew there's just something about Gloria, she is so beautiful, elegant just has an amazing vibe all around! Her house is beautiful and u can tell how in love her and her husband were... I wish i had more than to sit down with her and hear about her stories. Every corner was covered by a painting of her from her husband. It was just amazing!!!!!! And her staff were so helpful and extremely friendly, we especially loved Abdullah. We always looked forward to wake up and see his smiling face. We did feel bad a few nights when we came home late he was waiting for us to come back and opened the door for us. Thank you so much!!!! Gloria, I hope we will come back and see you soon and i promise you that i will make some chinese food for you:)
We're so glad we stayed here. Firstly, the location is excellent and ideal for a taste of everything you would expect from Marrakech. It's safe, the people are welcoming and you are in the middle of the old city. The property itself is beautiful. Gloria, the owner, is one of life's old school characters with a real life story to tell and a personality that sadly you just don't find in the world anymore these days.
Her staff are excellent. Friendly, kind, thoughtful and a credit to her home and their country. As a visitor you feel genuinely welcome.
I can't really say anymore other than Dar el Mudal is highly recommended on many levels and a choice you will not regret.
I have been back a day and missing Morocco already. Hopefully we will be back soon!
We had the pleasure to spend six magical days at Gloria's fabulous Riad. From the pick-up at the airport over everyday pleasantries to checking out again, everything was organised like a charm.
The staff was very attentive and welcoming. We were very pleasantly surprised by the fact that the Riad was equal parts a fairy tale come true, as well as an inspiring Art Gallery stimulating our minds and senses. The interior design looks as if it's straight out of AD - both humble and exquisite at the same time, as was Gloria herself.
If we ever find ourselves in Marrakech again, it will certainly be at Gloria's retreat.
Best wishes and kindest regards,
Priscille and Steffen
Frankfurt am Main, Germany